Toll Road Proposal Rejected

GREAT NEWS! The proposal to put a toll road through San Onofre State Beach was rejected by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board at a hearing yesterday. This is a huge win for the park.

The Water Quality board rejected a permit for the Transportation Cooridor Agencies (TCA) that would have allowed a six-mile expansion — the Tesoros Extension — of the Foothills South Tollroad. Opponents to the proposal felt this was just the first step towards a longer extension into the park and Trestles coastal habitat area.

Photo by Julianne Bradford

Photo by Julianne Bradford

Over 300 people attended the hearing to protest the toll road, and there were 6 hours of public testimony. Incredible!

Here is an article that sums up the hearing.

Thank you to all who helped to protect this park.

Help Save Trestles

San Onofre State Beach is being threatened again, and we need your help!

Save_Trestles_CSPFOn Wednesday, June 19 the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board is expected to make a decision regarding the Transportation Corridor Agencies’ (TCA) permit to build the first “segment” of the SR-241 toll road extension. We can’t let that happen.

Can you attend the meeting in San Diego at 1:00 p.m. to demonstrate opposition to the toll road? Your presence and public comment can make a big difference.

WHAT: Water Quality Control Board Meeting regarding TCA’s permit for first 5 miles of road.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 19 @ 1:00 p.m.
WHERE
: Water Quality Control Board Meeting Room: 9174 Sky Park Court, San Diego, CA 92123

Since 2011 — three years after the California Coastal Commission and the Bush Administration shot down the proposed extension of SR-241 through San Onofre State Beach — the TCA has been proposing to build the remainder of the road in “segments” – five miles at a time.  “Segmenting” is illegal under state and federal law.  Not only does TCA’s plan circumvent important laws, this approach makes absolutely no planning sense as it will create a “cul-de-sac of traffic” for San Juan Capistrano, and would end at a road that is not even built yet.  More recently, the TCA held a “special meeting” to approve plans for the “Tesoro Extension,” the first five miles of the 241 Toll Road extension, without any public workshops or sufficient public notice.

Help stop this plan in its tracks by attending the meeting on June 19.

The Save San Onofre Coalition has resurrected the California Environmental Quality Act lawsuit that challenged the original 16-mile proposal in 2006, bringing the fight to Save Trestles back into the courtroom.

Please join this group and fellow park lovers in San Diego on June 19 and take a stand for San Onofre State Beach.

Thanks for supporting state parks!

Volunteers needed! Can you help?

We need more volunteers for our 15th annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup on Saturday, April 14. It’s a fun day spent outdoors in your local state park doing large-scale improvements and renovations like trail maintenance, repairs, campground restoration and more. What better way to spend Earth Day than outside helping your state parks?

Registration is still open for the following locations:

  • Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park (Napa County)
  • Dockweiler State Beach (Los Angeles County)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline (Alameda County)
  • Millerton Lake State Recreation Area (Fresno County)
  • Montaña de Oro State Park (San Luis Obispo County)
  • Patrick’s Point State Park (Humboldt County)
  • Rio de Los Angeles State Park (Los Angeles County)
  • San Onofre State Beach (Orange County)
  • Sonoma Coast State Beach (Sonoma County)

To register as a volunteer, please visit our website. Pre-registration allows us to plan for tools, materials and refreshments. Groups of 10 may sign up under one name. Will we see you there?